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panetta. you're in a unique position. the committee, as you know, considering nominee to be your successor. senator hagel. later today i'm going to be talking to john brennan. can you give a brief assessment of the two gentle and the capability and the readiness to assume the positions? >> yes, certainly. obviously that's something that the committees now have the opportunity evaluate. but in my view, both of them are outstanding individuals that have a great deal of experience and capability to be able to perform in an outstanding fashion in each of their jobs. senator hagel is someone who, you know, served in the military, worked up here on the hill. understand the issues that are involve there had. i think can be a very effective leader at the pentagon. john brennan is somebody i worked with the at the director of cia and continued to work with in this capacity. i found him to be responsible about how we can effectively conduct operations again al qaeda and against those that would attack this country. he is -- as somebody said, a straight shooter. somebody who, you know, gives you his
history tv. defense secretary leon panetta spoke honoring former secretary of state hillary clinton. he credited her with inspiring the decision to expand the role of women soldiers in combat. chairman martin dempsey and hillary clinton also spoke. this is 40 minutes. ♪ ♪ ♪ [national anthem] ♪ ♪ [national anthem] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> please be seated. ladies and gentlemen, the 18th chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, general martin dempsey. [applause] >> secretaries, those dedicated civilian officers and our guests today from the department of state, happy valentine's day. you know, laura martyrdoms says that saint valentine was actually martyred because he was marrying soldiers who were forbidden to marry. by the roman law the day. he was a man who loved soldiers and servicemen and women. and it is fitting in that regard that we are here to honor our recent and great secretary of state, hillary rodham clinton, who herself has been an enormous champion of military servicemen and women and their families. it is my privilege to honor one of our nation's most dedicated public se
of my heart. we welcome an opportunity to describe the syntax. secretary panetta and i had of the situation. and as we do, will provide to this committee as complete information as we have, organized anyway you want. and today is a start in that regard. the problem comments into tears. the first is that sequestration, which is scheduled to kick in in just two weeks time requires us to subtract from our budget for the remainder of fiscal year 13, $46 billion. and as the chairman indicated, to do it in a way -- the worst way managerial econ and namely to take equal shares or proportionate share summation every part of the budget, which is obviously not what you so in the near term, what you have this here, in the next few months, it's a true crisis in military readiness. if the caps imposed that accompany sequester our continued for the next 10 years, as is the plan in the budget control act, we were going to have to change our national defense strategy. those cuts are too large, too sustained for us to implement the strategy that we crafted under the president's guidance jus
panetta held what could be his final press conference as head of the pentagon. he announced the creation of a military award called the distinguished warfare metal. the secretary also talked about north korea's nuclear program. the troop drawdown in afghanistan and the series of automatic spending cuts called sequestration. secretary panetta will retire pending the confirmation of defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. [laughter] >> you are on your own, kid. >> good afternoon. as you know, this is i believe my final press conference here at the pentagon briefing room. there are moments when i thought i was part of the last act of an italian opera and i'm not sure exactly when it would end. i think that the congress will act, and that they will confirm chuck hagel this week. what i wanted to do was come down and use this opportunity to first of all thank you all, all of you that are part of the press corps here and the press in general. throughout my 50 years in public service, i have always believed, believed very deeply in the role of the press. because i believe deeply in the role of t
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